Doesn't the reserve, or sinking fund, cover the work that is required in some blocks?
Some residents have raised the possibility of using the reserve, or “sinking” fund, as a way of offsetting costs to residents.
At East Village, the sinking fund is used for two main purposes, the long-term maintenance and repair of the blocks (lift renewal etc.) and shorter term projects such as the decoration programme. The fund is held by EVML on your behalf and audited annually. Some residents would like to draw on these funds for the fire safety work. However, on an East Village wide level, using the sinking funds for the fire safety works would leave the fund unable to meet the future obligations to repair the blocks.
How can Triathlon Homes help me?
We are doing our best to complete our building safety programme at pace and carry out this work safely. If you are in hardship because of the timing of the programme for your building please speak to us. We want to support our residents and recognise that this is stressful time for many. There may be other options that we can discuss with you that could help.
What is an 'FRA'?
Fire Risk Assessments (FRAs) are categorised into four types depending on the level of detail and intrusive inspection works that must be carried out. Type 4 assessments are the most detailed.
This is the basic assessment that mainly tests the common non-destructive parts of the communal parts of a building. Type 1 FRAs are undertaken to meet the requirements of the Fire Safety Order. This type of assessments practically reviews the arrangements that the fire engineers made for people living within the building to escape if there was a fire. Some entry and exit points of the doors to the flats are also inspected during this assessment.
Type 1 FRAs are the inspections our in-house Fire Risk Assessors undertake within the common areas of the buildings owned and managed by Southern Housing Group.
This assessment is similar to a Type 1 Fire Risk Assessment, in that it relates to the protection of the common parts of the building. A Type 2 inspection additionally involves a degree of intrusive exposure of the building and therefore usually requires the presence of a contractor to open up construction and make good after the inspection.
This type of inspection is like the Type 1 assessment with a slightly wider scope. Type 3 is a non-intrusive assessment but goes beyond the scope of the Fire Safety Order by considering the fire precautions of a building, such as the means of escape and fire detection within a sample of flats.
The most comprehensive Fire Risk Assessment is the Type 4 assessment. Whilst a Type 4 Fire Risk Assessment covers the same areas as the Type 3 FRA, a Type 4 also undertakes intrusive inspections within the common parts of the building and in a sample of the flats and therefore usually requires the presence of a contractor to open up construction and make good after the inspection.
Of the four types of FRAs, none of look at the external wall systems of a building. For our own data purposes a limited visual inspection of the external wall system is undertaken during every FRA.